Fool to Care: Classic Recordings 1960-1977

A Fool to Care: Classic Recordings 1960-1977

by Joe Barry
     
 
It's missing a few obscure singles from the late 1960s, but otherwise, this two-CD anthology has everything Joe Barry recorded in the '60s and '70s, including the master take of everything he did for producers Floyd Soileau and Huey Meaux. His sole national hit, 1961's "I'm a Fool to Care," couldn't help but

Overview

It's missing a few obscure singles from the late 1960s, but otherwise, this two-CD anthology has everything Joe Barry recorded in the '60s and '70s, including the master take of everything he did for producers Floyd Soileau and Huey Meaux. His sole national hit, 1961's "I'm a Fool to Care," couldn't help but recall Fats Domino in its lazy drawl and New Orleans R&B backing; in the version here that adds a brief spoken intro, Barry even states, "though I sound like my friend the Fat Man, this is Joe Barry." For better or worse, the Domino comparisons would dog Barry throughout his career. And to be fair, those comparisons are pretty valid. True, Barry was white, and might have had a slightly more pronounced swamp pop bent (and a more country one on some of his later sides). Yet most of this material (the majority dating from the early '60s) sounds a lot like Fats' sides from the same period -- not even like outtakes or imitations, but Domino tracks that you might not happen to have heard. If that's a sound you like, however, Barry certainly does a credible job with the style. He mixes some of his own songs with covers of pre-rock/pop songs (which "I'm a Fool to Care" was in its original incarnation), pre-rock country tunes, and compositions in which notable guys like Dave Bartholomew, Huey Meaux, and even Dr. John (under his real name, Mac Rebennack, on the 1963 single "The Loneliest Boy in Town") had a hand. There are also some rarities, like his pre-"I'm a Fool to Care" 1960 single, a 1962 single done under the pseudonym Roosevelt Jones", a few outtakes and alternates, and a French version of "I'm a Fool to Care," credited to Josef Barrios. The liner notes provide an excellent overview of his career, but take heed that the mid-'70s recordings filling more than half of disc two aren't so hot, with more modern production not as suited to Barry's voice and material.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2012
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667052429
catalogNumber:
6705242
Rank:
208540

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Spoken Intro/I'm a Fool To Care
  2. I Got a Feeling
  3. Till the End of the World
  4. Heartbroken Love
  5. Teardrops In My Heart
  6. For You Sunshine
  7. Greatest Moment of My Life
  8. You Don't Have To Be a Baby To Cry
  9. I Can't Do Without You
  10. Can't Live With You
  11. Try Rock 'N' Roll
  12. Secret Love
  13. I Say! That's Allright
  14. Any Old Time
  15. Why Did You Say Goodbye
  16. Little Papoose
  17. Just Because
  18. Little Jewel of the Vieux Carre (Old Square)
  19. Is It Wrong
  20. I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
  21. Big Mamou
  22. The Loneliest Boy In Town
  23. Bouquet of Roses
  24. You Belong To My Heart
  25. Beg Your Pardon
  26. Don't Close That Door
  27. Every Morning, Noon and Night
  28. Yonder Comes a Sucker

Disc 2

  1. A Fool Such As I
  2. Come What May
  3. You Darling, You
  4. You Call Everybody Darling
  5. Stop Telling Lies
  6. Lucky Morning
  7. Yonder Comes a Sucker
  8. You Darling, You
  9. Je Suis Bet Pour T'aimer
  10. Oh, Teet Fille
  11. Blue Yodel #6 (She Left Me This Mornin')
  12. Three's a Crowd
  13. (Today) I Started Loving You Again
  14. You're Why I'm So Lonely
  15. Tomorrow Never Comes
  16. Think It Over
  17. Always Late (With Your Kisses)
  18. I Almost Lost My Mind
  19. It's a Sin To Tell a Lie
  20. Cold Cold Heart
  21. The Prisoner's Song
  22. I Let Happy Pass Me By
  23. If You Really Want Me To I'll Go

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Barry   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Delbert McClinton   Composer
Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Jim Reeves   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Agustín Lara   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Composer
Bonnie Owens   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Dr. John   Composer
Ted Daffan   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Contribution
Bob Merrill   Composer
Francis Craig   Composer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Terry Shand   Composer
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Peter Lerner   Contribution
Guy Massey   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Pearl King   Composer
Billy Mayhew   Composer
Franklin Tableporter   Composer
Ben Trace   Composer
William Trader   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
James Brockman   Composer
Clem Watts   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ian Saddler   Contribution
Beasley Smith   Composer
Steve Nelson   Composer
Gabe Tucker   Composer
Sam Martin   Composer
Warner McPherson   Composer
John Broven   Contribution
Joey Longoria   Composer
Darryl Edwards   Composer
Kerny Rivette   Composer
Joseph Barrios   Arranger,Composer
Herbert Treece   Composer
Daryl Dale   Composer
Cornelius Greene   Composer
Blake Crawford   Composer
Bill Donegan   Composer

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